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AFTERCARE TIPS FOR LASER TATTOO REMOVAL ONLY*

*for tattoo aftercare please visit our tattoo page


Classic Ink Tattoo Removal Specialists use the safest, most effective protocols for each patient and their unique skin type. However, to achieve the best results, it’s YOUR responsibility to properly care for your skin outside of our studio.  

To help you remember the aftercare instructions that are discussed with your laser tattoo removal specialist, we will provide you with an aftercare instruction sheet to take home when your appointment is completed. It is crucial that you apply proper aftercare to your treatment site to prevent infection and unwanted side effects.

Here are a few reminders and instructions included on the aftercare instructions that will be provided to you:

 

  • Keep the treated area dry and clean during the healing process. Gently clean the area with antibacterial soap and water. Avoid rubbing of any kind and make sure to pat with a clean paper towel to dry.
     

  • Use the recommended antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin, Aquaphor, or Lubriderm, and apply to the treated area up to 3 times a day for the first three days following your treatment. Covering the area with a sterile dressing during those first three days will decrease chances of infection and aid in the healing process.
     

  • Don’t be alarmed if you experience mild blistering and scabbing. Blistering and scabbing are common side effects of laser tattoo removal. A good indication that your skin is healing is when blisters are present. This means that your body is working to remove the ink from your skin. Not everyone experiences blisters, and there is no predicting who will or who won’t. Everyone’s healing process is unique. Don’t get discouraged or read too much into it based on your blistering or lack of blistering.
     

  • Allow any blisters or scabs to fall off on their own and avoid picking, popping, or shaving over any blisters or scabs that may form. Picking at blisters is something that may lead to infection and unwanted side effects. Once your blisters fall off naturally, apply a thin coat of antibiotic ointment over the area.
     

  • If any itchiness, discomfort, or inflammation occurs, you may apply a cold compress, Vitamin E oil, or hydrocortisone cream to the treatment area. Avoid Aspirin or other blood thinners as they can increase risks of bruising and or bleeding. Tylenol may be taken for pain relief.  
     

  • Avoid any soaking of the treatment site or prolonged contact with water. This includes swimming pools, baths, tubs, lakes, rivers, etc. Showers may be taken 2 hours following the procedure using low water pressure and avoiding a strong spray of water directly hitting the treatment site.
     

  • Avoid tanning or sun exposure. Apply a sunblock of 25 SPF or higher once the site has completely healed. Repeat this step for 3 months following your laser treatment.
     

  • Get your blood pumping. Patients are highly encouraged to exercise and drink plenty of water. Patients with a healthier and active immune system usually experience faster fading and better results.
     

  • If you experience any symptoms that seem out of the ordinary or you have specific questions, please call us immediately at  941-747-1700. If you feel it’s a medical emergency, call 911 or seek medical attention immediately.